If our Interfaith Chaplaincy Certificate Program speaks to your soul or sets your heart aflutter, we invite you to complete an Admissions Application!

Admissions Policy

ChI has a rolling admissions policy; students may enter the program at four different times per year. The same cycle of classes is repeated each calendar year, so students can attend in a schedule pattern that is best suited to their own situation.

A Bachelor’s degree is required.

We recognize that many people have engaged in life and learning experiences in a variety of contexts that can develop knowledge and abilities that equal a Bachelor degree. Applicants without a Bachelor’s degree can apply for an education equivalency/life experience waiver of this requirement, by completing a Bachelor Degree Prerequisite Waiver Request, available online here.

Enrollment Process

A written application, transcript, professional resume or CV and letters of recommendation are required. Application materials can be sent in as they are completed; they do not all have to arrive together.

Application Deadline
Applications are welcome any time. Plan to have application materials in no later than 2 (and ideally 3) months prior to the date of the first class you plan to attend.

Admissions Interviews
We review applications in the order we receive them, within 2 weeks of receiving them. Once reviewed, we will be in contact with you to schedule an interview either in person or by Skype.

If accepted into the program, the student will receive an acceptance letter and all that is necessary to get started. Plan on one to two months’ time to prepare for the first course (administrative forms, student handbook, “primer” reading/videos, class reading and homework assignments).

Sample admissions timeline:

February 1 – Complete Application package received

February 14 – Application Materials Reviewed. Contact made to Schedule Interview

March 1 – Interview held. Acceptance (or denial) letter received (immediately thereafter)

March 7 – Student Enrollment Materials shared (if accepted)

March 10 – New Student Orientation scheduled (online orientation will occur within two months of acceptance)

March 15 – ChI Primer (Chaplaincy Program prerequisite) and First course homework assignments provided

Two months (approximate) – Complete ChI Primer and First class assignments

May 1 – First class tuition payment due

May 14 – First class homework assignment due

May 15 – First day of class

Schedule a Visit to a Class

Prospective students are welcome to sit in on a class to gain a first-hand experience of the program. All class visits are from 9:00 a.m. to approximately 1:00 p.m. and are followed by a meeting with our staff. Arrangements are made ahead of time through our office by contacting our Admissions Manager at or 510-843-1422. A calendar of upcoming modules are here.

We’re Here to Support You

We appreciate that some people need support in making such an important decision. Indeed, choosing to enroll in a program such as this is a considerable investment of time and resources. Our Admissions Manager is available to guide you in your discernment about enrolling in the Interfaith Chaplaincy Program, at no charge to you, and can be reached at or 510-843-1422.